I recently joined a blog network called the Money Life Network with four other personal finance bloggers. Each week, I’m presenting an interview with a member. Up next is Pete from Bible Money Matters.
What would you like readers to know about you and why did you start BibleMoneyMatters.com?
I started Bible Money Matters as a way for me to keep myself accountable for my own finances, as well as a place to write about the things I was learning that I thought could help other people.
It started as kind of a personal journal of sorts, but it has expanded to become a little more than that. (Have a question for Pete? Use the Bible Money Matters contact form.
What are your favorite topics in personal finance (i.e. what do you like to write about) and why?
From the name of the site you’ve probably realized that this is a Christian finance site, and as such some of my favorite topics to talk about include how our finances are impacted by our faith, and how people can make decisions about their money that are both moral and biblical. Beyond just the faith based blogging, I also enjoy blogging about ways to save money, investment advice and my own personal financial mis-adventures. I think I’ve got a pretty diverse set of topics that I cover, and I hope that keeps people interested and coming back!
What would you tell those people that might be thinking of starting a personal finance blog of their own?
Do it! When I started looking into the personal finance blogosphere I found that there is a pretty wide ranging group of people blogging about personal finance. Despite that fact, there is always room for more, and the diverse opinions are what keep things interesting. Also I’ve found that people in the personal finance sphere are by and large very supportive of each other. It’s a good way to keep yourself centered and always learning about new things.
What would you consider the single most important thing people can do for their finances?
Stop getting into debt and start saving! We live in a “I want it now” culture where people buy things they want whether they have the money or not. People think because they work hard that they “deserve” to have nice things, and this often ends up sending them into a debt spiral. My advice is to get out of this conventional “debt is good” thinking, and move towards a worldview where saving is the goal.
If you had to pick three of your own posts to call your “favorites”, which would they be? Three of my current favorites are:
Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed, Pete.